Recent studies in the realm of housing design avow for the concept of Liveable Cities; an aspect which in turn, places
emphasis on the concept of home range. The home range is regarded as the challenge to create a ‘near environment’
that is humanistic and fair, community-oriented and environmentally conscious; a relatively new conception towards
responsive and sustainable environments for residents’ well-being. Considering that socio-cultural needs in tandem with
architectural and urban characteristics correspond to residents perspectives of their home environment; hence, understanding
residents' perceptions of their home range should provide designers with deeper insights for creating more
responsive residential environments. This study aimed at identifying aspects that contribute to shaping the residents’ perception
of their home range. The field study included two housing features within the same social class in Egypt with a
focus on Cairo: residents of the city's original districts and immigrants of the city to newly suburban gated communities.
The methodology was an in-depth qualitative study, exploratory in nature, based on a theoretical content analysis of literature
on home range, and a field survey that investigated the residents' perception of the concept. Tools for data gathering
relied on photographic and observation methods; together with a structured interview on a random sample in
each of the two defined residential environments. Discussions relate findings to planning concepts, and finally, results
have generated a framework for decision makers and designers.
Keywords:Home Range, Sustainability, Residents’ Perception, Formal Districts, Gated Communities.
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